ÅF Group sharpens focus on clients and reorganises senior management team
The ÅF Group is to merge its current six divisions - Installations, Infrastructure, Industry, Systems, Energy & Environment and Pulp & Paper - into three new ones: Infrastructure, Process and Systems. The change will not incur any restructuring costs and will be implemented on 1 January 2005. ÅF-Kontroll AB (with approximately 200 full-time equivalent posts) will remain as an independent subsidiary for accreditation reasons.
The new organisation is the logical continuation of the changes introduced at the beginning of 2003, when the ÅF Group replaced a fragmented structure of subsidiary companies with a divisional organisation that makes better use of the Group's size and breadth, and presents a clearer profile to clients. Now it is time to move on to phase 2 along the path that has been staked out.
The new divisions in a nutshell:
Infrastructure (approximately 700 full-time equivalent posts)
Consulting services with the main focus on construction, real estate and infrastructure projects.
Process (approximately 1,250 full-time equivalent posts)
Consulting services with the main focus on the pulp and paper industry, within the energy and environmental sectors, and in industrial automation.
Systems (approximately 350 full-time equivalent posts)
Consulting services with the main focus on industries such as the telecom sector, for which the ÅF Group develops systems, products and production.
Parallel with these changes the ÅF Group is strengthening its operations outside the Stockholm area by introducing a regional structure with regional managers, all of whom will form part of the Group's senior management team. This will make ÅF a more decentralised company with a sharper focus on clients and co-workers outside the Stockholm region. The regional managers will represent the complete spectrum of ÅF Group services in their respective area.
At the same time, a further new function is being created. A unit for acquisitions and new markets will be set up to ensure that work with takeovers and corporate establishments in new geographical markets will be carried out more systematically and in a more proactive way than has previously been the case.
The ÅF Group's new Senior Management Group will include the following areas of responsibility:
President & CEO
President & CEO: Jonas Wiström
Group Secretary: Gunilla Fladvad
Divisional Managers/Senior Vice Presidents
Infrastructure: Åke Rosenius
Process: Per Göransson
Systems: Matz Axelsson
ÅF-Kontroll: Jörgen Backersgård
Regional Managers/Senior Vice Presidents
Sweden North: Peter Johansson
Sweden West: Christer Karlsson
Sweden South: Eva Nilsson
International: Jonas Wiström
Acquisitions & New Markets
Acquisitions & New Markets: Jan Nordling
Finance: Anders Gabrielsson
Administration: Karl-Anders Eriksson
Information/Markets: Viktor Svensson
"The change aims to improve profits by making it easier for clients to access the full spectrum of the ÅF Group's services," says ÅF Group President and CEO Jonas Wiström. "We are retaining what works well in our current organisation, making the main focus of our divisions clearer and sharper, and at the same time making our local presence more apparent for clients and potential co-workers alike. The new structure provides a clearer than ever definition of the ÅF Group's areas of core expertise."
The new names in the senior management group are:
Peter Johansson, Regional Manager designate for Sweden North
Peter Johansson was born in 1957 and is a qualified electrical power engineer. Peter has previously worked for the municipal energy company Örnsköldsviks Energiverk in the north of Sweden, and has experience of international projects from Modo Chemetics/ERKAB Consult. He was also responsible for automation projects at Kone Wood (Andritz) and spent some ten years with ABB, where he managed business within Automation (Drives) in the north of Sweden. Peter has been with the ÅF Group since 2000 and currently heads the work of the Pulp & Paper Division in Sundsvall, Sweden.
Eva Nilsson, Regional Manager designate for Sweden South
Eva Nilsson was born in 1953 and is a graduate engineer from the Lund Institute of Technology. Eva first worked for the ÅF Group between 1976 and 1989, helping to build up the Group's international operations in the energy sector. Since then she has served as Technical Attaché in Los Angeles and held the position of Research & Development Manager with the Swedish-based energy company, Vattenfall. Eva has also worked for the Swedish Trade Council (Commissioner for Trade in Poland for 5 years, Commissioner for Trade in the USA and Regional Director for North America for 3 years). In 2003 Eva returned to the ÅF Group to assume responsibility for business development in the Energy & Environment Division.
The press release can be downloaded from the following link:
The ÅF Group is a leading name in technical consulting. We provide cutting-edge expertise in IT and engineering to serve the needs of clients working with energy and the environment, the pulp and paper industry, inspections, the development of industrial systems and products, the design of installations and infrastructure technology.
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The ÅF Group currently employs 2,750 people in around 50 locations throughout Sweden and almost a dozen other European countries.
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